West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce will turn to Porto striker Silvestre Varela if the club fail to agree a deal for Italian striker Fabio Quagliarella, according to talkSPORT.
Allardyce, 58, is said to be keen on recruiting another frontman before the close of the transfer window, as record signing Andy Carroll has been forced out of action for a couple of weeks with a heel injury.
Modibo Maiga is the only recognised out-and-out centre-forward after Carlton Cole's departure from Upton Park.
Juventus striker Quagliarella has reportedly agreed personal terms with United but the two clubs have yet to agree on a fee for the 30-year-old.
West Ham are keen to bring the Italian forward in, but with Juve signing both Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente this summer, the Turin-based club are looking to offload the striker on a permanent deal, according to reports.
If talks do break down then Allardyce has already identified Varela as a possible replacement target.
The Portuguese striker has netted 25 goals in 90 games for Porto, with Turkish outfit Besiktas also registering their interest.
That said, the Hammers' boss will need to sell at least one player before bringing in his sixth summer signing in a bid to reduce the club's wage bill in east London.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/130seMa
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.